There are two things that you never want to skimp out on. Condoms – and Power Supplies. Make the wrong choice, and they may end up ruining your life in a variety of different ways.
And while we can’t be of much help with condoms, we can most definitely show you our 7 best power supplies in 2019!
All of our picks are based not only on personal experience but also from professional reviews of people who have been in this industry for more than a decade.
With all that being said, let’s get right into it!
We’re only mentioning models here without specific wattage levels. After all, each user has different wattage needs depending on the build.
However, do keep in mind that not all PSUs are the same. There have been a lot of cases where the PSU of a lower wattage level was great while the same model with a higher rated wattage was frankly trash. Of course, the same thing can happen in reverse.
So, even if we recommend a specific PSU series, do make your research before choosing the exact model. Because, as we mentioned above, not all PSUs are the same across the different wattage levels – even if we’re talking about units from the same series.
That’s also why many PSU tier lists may recommend a power supply with a specific wattage while still recommending against the same unit at a different wattage.
Also, while we’re at it, let’s not get started with the build quality comments. If you’ve been looking at PSU reviews for a while then you’ll immediately understand what we’re talking about.
In most cases, there are always a few reasons to complain about a specific power supply. Noise, modularity, efficiency, cables, voltage regulation, ripple suppression, etc.
So, again, let’s not go there. We understand that you may have your disagreements with one of our picks. But, remember that there are also thousands of people who feel the same way about your own.
That’s just how it is with power supplies (And many other PC components). Anyway, without any further ado, let’s check out some PSUs!
Coming in with an 80 Plus platinum certification, at least 650 watts of power, a 140mm double-bearing fan, and a 10-year warranty, the EVGA Supernova Platinum series means business.
In case you’re not familiar with it, 80 Plus Platinum means that the PSU can operate with at least 89% efficiency under full load. The whole 80 Plus system is basically made to describe what kind of efficiency you can expect from a unit at 20, 50, and 100% loads.
It’s an easy way to tell how much power you are wasting in the form of waste heat. For example, the EVGA Supernova Platinum runs 89% efficiently under full load (Under 80 Plus specs). So, it only wastes 11% of power in the form of waste heat.
For maximum efficiency and reliability, you should ideally run a PSU at 50% of its rated wattage. So, if your PC needs about 420 watts, then the EVGA Supernova Platinum 850 is quite possibly the ideal choice for you.
Though, with all of that being said, do remember what we mentioned at the beginning about the whole situation with different wattage levels.
As for the PSU itself, not only it’s 80 Plus Platinum, but it’s also fully modular. So, if you don’t need any extra cables (SATA, Molex, etc), you can always just leave them unplugged for better cable management.
Of course, all of this doesn’t come cheaply. In fact, Supernova Platinum is one of the most expensive EVGA variants that you can get.
That being said, pricing will greatly vary depending on the wattage that you need and even on your region as well.
The AX and HX series from Corsair has been very popular with enthusiasts for quite some time now.
The HXi units, in particular, are all high-wattage models that start from 750 watts and can go as high as 1600. So, they are definitely not targeted towards your average joe who’s rocking a 300-watt build.
Still, as we mentioned above, the ideal full load usage is at about 50% of the power supply’s maximum rated load. So, even a high-end gaming build that consumes 400 watts under full load can take advantage of the Corsair HXi Platinum.
But, at the end of the day, these PSUs are mostly made for workstations, dual-GPU setups, enthusiast builds, and anything similar that requires a ton of reliable power to work normally.
Just like with the Supernova Platinum, the Corsair HXi Platinum is fully modular and 80 Plus Platinum rated. So, we’re talking about at least 89% efficiency and the option of making a very sleek build in terms of cable management.
It also comes with a ten-year warranty while it’s generally rated A+ in most PSU tier lists that are made by pros. So, we’re generally talking about a very decent option here.
Unfortunately, high-end options will almost always come with high-end price tags as well and the Corsair HXi series is no exception to that rule.
This is one of the most expensive Corsair variants that you can get. But, it’s also one of the best.
If you’re a mid to high-end user who doesn’t need that level of efficiency and power but you’re still after a decent Corsair unit, maybe check out the RMx/RMi series instead. It’s more affordable while still being a relatively premium option.
At this point, you’re probably getting tired of looking at premium options that are mostly targeted towards high-end users. But, then again, this is a list of our 7 best power supplies in 2019.
We’re shortly going to mention a few affordable but decent options as well. So, no need to worry about that.
In any case – back to the Seasonic Focus Platinum for now. As the name suggests, it’s a PSU that comes with an 80 Plus Platinum certification, fully modular, and with a 120mm fan.
Some of you may be worried about the fact that you’re getting a 120mm fan instead of a 140mm one. Especially at this price point.
However, chances are that there is no reason to worry. After all, a higher efficiency level means less waste heat and less waste heat means less need for cooling.
Also, thanks to the slightly smaller fan, the PSU is also a little bit more compact and that makes it ideal for smaller cases that don’t have a lot of PSU clearance.
And while we’re on the subject of fans, let us not forget to mention that the Focus Platinum, like most premium units, supports fanless mode.
If you’re not familiar with it, the fanless mode is a feature that completely turns off the fan of the power supply until the PC hits a certain wattage and/or temperature.
This is ideal for making quiet builds and some very high-end power supplies actually come with no cooling fan in the first place. After all, the better that the PSU is, the less heat that it’ll produce.
Do keep in mind that with the Seasonic Focus series, going higher in wattage results in getting a higher level of efficiency and vice versa.
This is where we start looking at more affordable units with lower efficiency levels, lower wattages, but decent quality.
Compared to 80 Plus Platinum, using an 80 Plus Gold certified PSU means that you’re going from 89 to 92% efficiency down to 87% up to 90%. The exact efficiency that you’ll get will highly depend on the current load, the exact power supply that you’ll get, and even the area that you are based on as well.
Obviously, a difference of 2-3% inefficiency isn’t a huge deal. In fact, chances are that you won’t even notice the difference. But, we just had to give you that information.
Despite being significantly cheaper than the other units that we just looked at, the Supernova Gold is still a very reliable option. It still offers a full modular design, fanless mode at low to medium loads, and 100% Japanese capacitors.
Chances are that most mid to high-end users who use a single GPU (Meaning, most of us) aren’t going to need anything more than that or the Seasonic Focus Gold that we’re going to be checking out shortly.
Since the fan is only 130mm big, the PSU ends up being a tiny bit more compact compared to some of its competitors like the RMx series. And that’s definitely something to keep in mind if your case doesn’t have a lot of PSU clearance.
The only downside is that once you get past a certain level of wattage, the fans can get relatively loud. But, other than that, this is a very decent choice.
If you’ve been paying attention, you probably already noticed that we checked out the Seasonic Focus Platinum before. The Focus Gold is the cheaper variant that comes at a lower wattage level along with a lower efficiency level as well.
Build-quality wise, the Focus Gold is just as good as its more expensive brother. However, it’s just not as suitable for more power-hungry builds and multi-GPU setups. So, pick whatever suits you best.
While we are at it, let us clarify that the Focus Gold G2 and G3 belong to the same family with the only difference that the G3 is the newer release. We suppose that it’s an improved one as well.
The truth is that we never researched that particular matter (G2 VS G3) in depth. So, for anyone who is more familiar with the new changes – feel free to let us and everyone else know about them in the comments section down below! Just let us tell you that for some reason, a few pros actually recommend the G2 over the G3.
Most of the Focus Gold offerings come with a 150mm fan – which is frankly rather huge. But, the PSU itself is compact. So, that makes it about even in size with its competitors.
Again, this unit is the sweet spot for most people. After all, it’s:
- Fully modular
- Very reliable (Actually one of the best choices at the moment)
- And affordable
As far as the average joe is concerned, this is all that we need. That being said, budget users can get away with something that’s even cheaper.
This is kind of as cheap as you can go without getting a ticking time-bomb in disguise. Most Bronze rated PSUs aren’t really made to handle powerful rigs or even mid-range builds. But, the truth is that not everybody owns something like that in the first place.
So, if you’re looking for something cheap and reliable that’s powerful enough to feed a budget or entry build, do definitely check out EVGA’s BR series.
Since we’re talking about Bronze rated PSUs, the efficiency level drops down to a minimum of 82% in 20 and 100% loads. That’s quite the jump from the higher-end units that sit close to the 90% mark.
Then again, you won’t be dealing with a lot of power in the first place. And if you do, please consider getting something that’s a bit more powerful for the safety of both the PSU and your build’s.
Another thing to keep an eye on is modularity. All BR units are non-modular – or at the very least, we know for a fact that most of them are.
Having a non-modular PSU means that all cables will be pre-installed on the unit without the option of removing them. That’s bad for cable management. But, at the same time, it allows for a more compact PSU design.
Overall, EVGA’s BR series is a great option for entry and budget users. But, we wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else.
Many people may tell you that the Corsair CX series is to be avoided. But, the truth is that these are some of the most popular PSUs that have ever been made for a budget to mid-range users and very few of them have actually complained.
That being said, do make an exception for the semi-modular units. There have been several negative ratings about them.
See, the CX series offers both non-modular and semi-modular units with the semi-modular variants being a bit more expensive. We’re not sure why the later ends up being problematic more often.
In case you’re not familiar with them, semi-modular PSUs come with the absolute necessary cables pre-installed (Usually the Motherboard and CPU – sometimes with the GPU as well) while everything else is modular.
In this case, a scenario where the semi-modular units tend to be more problematic, we’d recommend going with the non-modular variants instead. Of course, do keep in mind that this doesn’t apply with all semi-modular PSUs. It only concerns these particular units.
That’s all we’ve got for now. If we see anything better coming out during 2020, then we’ll make sure to release another list. But, for now, these are our 7 best power supplies in 2019!
If you’ve got any other recommendations to make, feel free to let us know about them in the comments.